Here’s what local school districts are spending on COVID-19 safety

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This photo was provided by the St. Johns County School District and shows on of the desk partitions meant to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

As districts prepare to reopen buildings for the new school year this fall, education leaders are outfitting their facilities with the equipment and supplies to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

News4Jax requested expense records from school districts across the area. The responses are listed below.

Note: These cost breakdowns only reflect district spending and not school-level or classroom-level expenditures.

St. Johns County School District

As of July 22, the school district in St. Johns County has spent more than $2.2 million on supplies and equipment related to COVID-19 safety.

More than half of those expenses were spent on desk shields for classrooms, on which the district spent $1,637,518.

This photo was provided by the St. Johns County School District and shows on of the desk partitions meant to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Some of SJCSD’s other top COVID-19 expenses include $147,519 for classroom thermometers and $110,282 for cloth masks and headscarves for students.

A breakdown of the St. Johns County School District’s expenses can be viewed below.

The district expects to have slightly less than 44,000 students for the 2020-2021 academic year, meaning the St. Johns County School District is spending about $50 per student in COVID-19 related costs.

The school district in St. Johns County approved a new academic calendar and instructional continuity plan during a board meeting Tuesday night.

Clay County School District

The COVID-19 related financial information provided by the Clay County School District was segregated into columns for money already spent by the district, labeled “expenses,” and amounts that have been designated for a specific cost, labeled “encumbrances.”

As of July 30, the district has spent $257,670 on hot spots, custodial supplies and printing costs. That amount also includes $103,381 in salary and benefits for employee duties related to COVID-19.

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The total amount still budgeted to battle the virus is $1,411,157.

A full breakdown of COVID-19 expenses from the Clay County School District can be viewed below.

With 38,284 students enrolled in the 2019-2020 academic year, Clay County is poised to spend approximately $44 per student on COVID-19 related safety costs.

Nassau County School District

At least $453,000 has been spent by the Nassau County School District on COVID-19 related costs as of Tuesday.

The biggest expenditure so far is $250,000 for plexiglass dividers, which accounts for more than half of the total spent.

A breakdown of the NCSD’s expenses can be viewed below.

Data from the 2019-2020 academic year shows that 12,255 students attended institutions in the Nassau County School District. Based on last year’s enrollment, about $37 per student is being spent on COVID-19 related expenses.

Nassau County’s school board approved its reopening plan on July 23, which includes a delayed start date of August 24.

Putnam County School District

Receipts in the school district in Putnam County have so far totaled $592,180, but a spokesperson said that amount will likely grow.

“These are our current expenditures from those that returned the email,” public information officer Felicia Cahan told News4Jax Wednesday. “I know there’s more but wanted to provide timely information.”

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